The stairwell leading up to the Soc. Dept. at Augsburg is lined with posters from our annual Torstenson Lecture. I have attached one such poster from a few years back. We invite local soc-celebrities to give a talk and then have dinner with our Sr. soc. majors.
When I read the first paragraph, I assumed you were inviting me to attend the “2014 Torstenson Lecture on Sociology.” I eagerly read on to see who you had selected as this year’s “soc-celebrity.” Honestly, I was somewhat stunned when I discovered that you were inviting me to give the lecture!
Rather than a soc-celebrity, I think of myself more as sociology’s most infamous “confidence man,” one-step away from being exposed for the “professor” Ponzi scheme that I’ve been running for the past 40 years.
As long as you, in good conscience, can ask your students and faculty to foolishly invest what Click and Clack called “a perfectly good hour” for dubious return, I am eager to bamboozle any “marks” you are able to gather for this investment seminar on sociology stocks and bonds.
P.S. April Fools’ Day seems a most appropriate date for my lecture.